He came of age at a time of war [An exclusive extract from my new book, Swell]

He came of age at a time of war. She wore a blazing smile, a blood-red gash against chiselled white teeth, and yet when they bade farewell mother and son had not touched or kissed but waved politely. He never looked back as he marched away awkwardly wooden in his stiffly pressed uniform and his […]